Weston Reinterpreted Country House

Weston, MA

Built in the 1960s as a modern take on traditional cape-style architecture, this house emerged from its significant renovation as a timeless home that better reflects the style of its pastoral surroundings. It now takes its cues from a farmhouse vernacular, achieving a charm and curbside appeal it previously lacked.

The renovated house features an improved arrangement of windows and doors and new dormers, plus significant brick chimneys and foundations. White clapboard clads the center section, and white-painted shingles and board-and-batten cover the flanking wings, suggesting that an original house was added onto over time and a detached barn connected.

At the rear, formerly unused spaces and a greenhouse were converted into a trio of covered porches, the central one supporting a deck above, with a bluestone terrace to one side. Several sets of French doors open to these outdoor living areas, connecting them to the interiors and filling those spaces with sun.

In addition to French doors, new dormers, sidelights, and clerestory windows bring natural light to the interior. A cupola now sits atop the former screened porch, brightening the new family room. The floor plan allows for comfortable circulation while entertaining and also offers intimate spaces for family living. 

Years after the project was completed, the property changed hands once more. Seeing an opportunity to maximize outdoor enjoyment, the new owners added an aquatic program, significant hardscape, and landscaping to the rear of the home. The comprehensive exterior program blends seamlessly with the home’s original revisions thanks to a mindful eye towards scale, materials, and unified presentation. The result is a case study in successful phased renovation.